Tornadoes Touchdown in Central Texas


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Willie Anderson tries to salvage possessions from his daughter’s destroyed home, in the aftermath of Tuesday’s tornado that tore through the New Orleans East section of New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

After the severe storms and small tornado in Southeast Texas Tuesday, February 14, Central Texas was hit with a storm system of their own. The city of San Antonio was the center of the storm late Sunday, February 19 and early Monday, February 20. This storm created at least four tornadoes with path lengths ranging from 4.5 miles to .7 miles, and left around 50,000 people without power. The first tornado, an EF-1 with ‘moderate’ damage and roughly 4.5 miles with 105 mph winds, crossed over Highway 281 and affected the area of the Quarry shopping center. The second tornado was also an EF-1 and the third and fourth tornadoes were both EF-0 with ‘light’ damage. Reports of the storm recorded five minor injuries and damage to many homes across the area. Clean up began as soon as the sun rose Monday, February 20, and late that evening Mayor Ivy Taylor declared the City of San Antonio in a state of disaster. As of February 21, the city still has many roads closed due to flooding and lots of people without power.